• Food for the Homeless (Venice)

    Share A Meal (Thursdays @ Venice)

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Share A Meal and hosted by Jacquie and her husband, Ravi. https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 https://www.shareameal.net/about ____________________ MANY regular/returning and new volunteers help them each week, but I still want to post their meal service so more people can learn about them and participate. Even if nobody else from this meetup group signs up, they probably will be crowded with others, so please keep that in mind if you decide to go. If several people show up, they try to get everyone involved, but some waiting/standing might occur. If possible, please try not to get mad/angry. Hopefully you can meet some nice and friendly people, and talk while waiting for the burritos to finish. ____________________ The founders of Share A Meal are awesome. I'm in awe and admiration of Jacquie & Ravi. Jacquie - https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 - The following videos show what they're about: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-sikh-tradition-inspired-program-gives-1-000-burritos-homeless-n911501 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NcPOxBK3w https://vimeo.com/140434015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30GFqtgNLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ucBoHxDNo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KdD8L5rKbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9hga3X1lwA ____________________ Five nights a week, they give out vegetarian burritos and water to people at different locations. Monday @ DTLA near Little Tokyo Tuesday @ Hollywood Wednesday @ DTLA near USC Thursday @ Venice Friday @ DTLA near Olvera St, Union Station, & Chinatown ____________________ All ingredients for the vegetarian burritos are provided by Share A Meal. Volunteers don't bring any food, but they appreciate donations of bottled water. A few volunteers help inside the food truck and "roll" the burritos. Once all the burritos are finished and warmed up, they go out to distribute. ____________________ If 6:45pm is tough due to work or traffic, arriving later is fine. Making the burritos is limited to a few people because space inside the food truck is limited. For passing out the food and water, more people can be accommodated and everyone can get involved. Note: You all know about traffic. The food truck usually arrives around 6:45pm, but if traffic is bad, they might be a little late. If anyone arrives and they aren't there yet, try waiting a few minutes. The food truck normally arrives by 7:00pm. Thank you for being patient. ____________________________________________ FAQ Q: Is this safe for women? A: Answering "Yes" or "No" is not up to me. It's up to you to decide. I sympathize if anyone feels anxious, afraid, and hesitant. For this, they go out in groups and nobody should be alone. Many homeless individuals are friendly, grateful, gracious, and appreciative of the food & water. And believe it or not, sometimes more women volunteer than men. Their photos are a good indication of who and how many people participate: https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos Some people might feel uncomfortable going out on the streets at night and interacting with homeless individuals. Distributing is completely voluntary and optional, so please don't feel obligated or pressured. If anyone feels scared or reluctant, feel free to stop and leave at anytime (if it's safe to do so). ____________________________________________ Photos: Monday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987525381357505 Tuesday @ Hollywood - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987528048023905 Thursday @ Venice - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.992192930890750 Friday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.996583523785024 https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos ____________________ Jacquie and her husband, Ravi, host this event. One of them is always there. Jacquie might not always check messages/comments via Meetup https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 So if anyone wants to help, go to https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights Scroll down and register on their site. Enter your name and email address and click on "Register" - You can also fill out their registration form via http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf and email it back to Jacquie via [masked] She can be busy, so if she doesn't respond, check their FB for updates - https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal ____________________ If anybody arrives early, the food truck should eventually show up by 7:00pm. Traffic may cause them to be late. Wearing comfortable clothes & shoes is recommended. Maybe bring a sweater/jacket if it gets cold at night. Children can participate with parent supervision/approval. A liability release waiver form needs to be submitted upon arrival. http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf All ingredients for making the burritos are supplied by them (food truck). If anyone wants to contribute, they appreciate donations of bottled water. If parking on a street, please check posted signs/meters. Public bathrooms may not always be readily available or accessible, so using a restroom before arriving is recommended. ____________________ On Thursday nights, they meet on 3rd Ave in Venice, between Rose Ave. & Sunset Ave. There's no physical address. If using GPS or a navigation app, try going to the intersection of 3rd Ave and Rose Ave, Venice, 90291. If your GPS or navigation app needs an actual address, the closest thing I could find is 320 3rd Ave, Venice, 90291. https://goo.gl/maps/TzEm4ZoNtjN2 The food truck will go to 3rd Ave, between Rose Ave and Sunset Ave. If you see tarps, tents, and people on sidewalks, then that's probably the right area. On 3rd Ave, south of Rose Ave, if you see on the side, a building with orange doors (Public Storage), then the food truck usually parks around there. Parking on 3rd Ave should be free...but please check signs to confirm. After serving people on 3rd Ave, the volunteers go in the back of the food truck. It's a short/quick ride to Venice Beach to serve people on the boardwalk. ____________________ If anyone wants to help on a different weeknight, refer to: https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights

  • Food for the Homeless & Community (Lancaster)

    Central Christian Church

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ Attention: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but it's possible they won't have a meal service on this Thursday (holiday, venue conflict, project leader is busy/sick, etc.). I'll try to check every week, but if I forget, please check before going. Regardless of the date posted on here, please check their Eventbrite page to confirm if they have a meal on this date or not. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 I don't want anyone to drive there and find out they canceled / rescheduled, so please check their Eventbrite page and register with them so they can update you in case anything changes. Thank you. ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from a church group, Central Christian Church. http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#outreach ____________________ Some other events (such as food distributions or other meals for the homeless & community) that occur at churches sometimes don't have a religious component (i.e. proselytizing)...but this one does seem to, so please keep that in mind if anybody wants to participate. A few members from the Lancaster & Palmdale area joined our group, and currently, I've only found two volunteer events in that area, and both are from/with Christian churches...so it's up to you if you want to help with this or not. I asked them and they said being Christian or a member of their church group isn't required. They welcome anyone & everyone who wants to help...but my guess is many other volunteers will be members of their church group. It's your choice if you want to participate or not. ____________________ Their outreach ministry is called STOP. "Salvation Total Outreach Program" http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#outreach "STOP is a community outreach program that provides meals/essential items to anyone who needs a helping hand in our community. Every Thursday we offer a hot meal at our church and sack lunches on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month." ____________________ https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 According to their Eventbrite registration page, "Volunteers are asked to arrive at 5:00 pm and bring food items heated and ready to be served. The meal will last from 6:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm. Cleanup will last 30-45 minutes. Thank you for your service." Their "mission statement is to provide meals for the homeless and those in need in the AV by preparing, serving, praying and inviting those who we meet to worship with us at our church. We will continue to seek others in need, to assist as many as possible, involve the entire congregation and share the gospel of Jesus Christ as we serve others while following the example that Jesus provided for us to serve." I messaged them and they said... "We do welcome volunteers. We would love to have you come help serve. We ask that volunteers show up at 5:30 pm. We have a quick orientation and then the dinner starts at 6pm. We meet in the main building in the room we call the Gallery. They prepare the sack lunches on the 3rd and 4th Saturday’s at 9 am in the church kitchen. We hope you can join us." I could be wrong, but my guess is if anyone wants to bring food or help in the kitchen, they want volunteers to arrive at 5:00 pm...and if anyone wants to serve food, then arriving at 5:30 pm should be fine. ____________________ To help, go to their registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 Click on the respective date you want to help on. Then click the green "Register" button. - You can help by... buying ingredients for their meal or "Food Preparation / Kitchen Help / Clean-up" or "Food Serving Line" - Minimum age to help is 16. ____________________ Any questions, contact them via http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#contact https://www.facebook.com/ccclancaster [masked] [masked] ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Central Christian Church

  • Food for the Homeless (Hollywood)

    Share A Meal (Tuesdays @ Hollywood)

    Hi. Meetup contacted me about events w/o a host. They allow members to host, so can anyone help coordinate other members meeting at this event? We want you to meet and connect with others. If nobody is available to host, then this will have to be canceled. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Share A Meal and hosted by Jacquie and her husband, Ravi. https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 https://www.shareameal.net/about ____________________ MANY regular/returning and new volunteers help them each week, but I still want to post their meal service so more people can learn about them and participate. Even if nobody else from this meetup group signs up, they probably will be crowded with others, so please keep that in mind if you decide to go. If several people show up, they try to get everyone involved, but some waiting/standing might occur. If possible, please try not to get mad/angry. Hopefully you can meet some nice and friendly people, and talk while waiting for the burritos to finish. ____________________ The founders of Share A Meal are awesome. I'm in awe and admiration of Jacquie & Ravi. Jacquie - https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 - The following videos show what they're about: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-sikh-tradition-inspired-program-gives-1-000-burritos-homeless-n911501 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NcPOxBK3w https://vimeo.com/140434015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30GFqtgNLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ucBoHxDNo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KdD8L5rKbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9hga3X1lwA ____________________ Five nights a week, they give out vegetarian burritos and water to people at different locations. Monday @ DTLA near Little Tokyo Tuesday @ Hollywood Wednesday @ DTLA near USC Thursday @ Venice Friday @ DTLA near Olvera St, Union Station, & Chinatown ____________________ All ingredients for the vegetarian burritos are provided by Share A Meal. Volunteers don't bring any food, but they appreciate donations of bottled water. A few volunteers help inside the food truck and "roll" the burritos. Once all the burritos are finished and warmed up, they go out to distribute. ____________________ If 6:45pm is tough due to work or traffic, arriving later is fine. Making the burritos is limited to a few people because space inside the food truck is limited. For passing out the food and water, more people can be accommodated and everyone can get involved. Note: You all know about traffic. The food truck usually arrives around 6:45pm, but if traffic is bad, they might be a little late. If anyone arrives and they aren't there yet, try waiting a few minutes. The food truck normally arrives by 7:00pm. Thank you for being patient. ____________________ FAQ Q: Is this safe for women? A: Answering "Yes" or "No" is not up to me. It's up to you to decide. I sympathize if anyone feels anxious, afraid, and hesitant. For this, they go out in groups and nobody should be alone. Many homeless individuals are friendly, grateful, gracious, and appreciative of the food & water. And believe it or not, sometimes more women volunteer than men. Their photos are a good indication of who and how many people participate: https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos Some people might feel uncomfortable going out on the streets at night and interacting with homeless individuals. Distributing is completely voluntary and optional, so please don't feel obligated or pressured. If anyone feels scared or reluctant, feel free to stop and leave at anytime (if it's safe to do so). ____________________ Photos: Monday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987525381357505 Tuesday @ Hollywood - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987528048023905 Thursday @ Venice - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.992192930890750 Friday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.996583523785024 https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos ____________________ Jacquie and her husband, Ravi, host this event. One of them is always there. Jacquie might not always check messages/comments via Meetup https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 So if anyone wants to help, go to https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights Scroll down and register on their site. Enter your name and email address and click on "Register" - You can also fill out their registration form via http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf and email it back to Jacquie via [masked] She can be busy, so if she doesn't respond, check their FB for updates - https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal ____________________ If anybody arrives early, the food truck should eventually show up by 7:00pm. Traffic may cause them to be late. Wearing comfortable clothes & shoes is recommended. Maybe bring a sweater/jacket if it gets cold at night. Children can participate with parent supervision/approval. A liability release waiver form needs to be submitted upon arrival. http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf All ingredients for making the burritos are supplied by them (food truck). If anyone wants to contribute, they appreciate donations of bottled water. If parking on a street, please check posted signs/meters. Public bathrooms may not always be readily available or accessible, so using a restroom before arriving is recommended. ____________________ On Tuesday nights, they meet on Wilton Place, near Sunset Blvd. For GPS and navigation apps, try 5657 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028 Nearby is the 101 freeway, Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Blvd, and Western Blvd. If you see a Shell gas station, across from Home Depot, then that's the right area. The food truck parks on Wilton Place, near the Shell gas station. https://goo.gl/maps/JT2yggenwzL2 Parking on the street in the nearby residential area should be okay, but please check all signs for any restrictions. If anyone is new (first-timer) and wants to join them for distributing the food & water, they usually arrange carpooling, so they should find others you can go with. In small groups, they go out (drive) and hand out burritos and water. They drop off food and water to people on streets/sidewalks and underpasses in the Hollywood area. Sometimes they also distribute at MacArthur Park. ____________________ If anyone wants to help on a different weeknight, refer to: https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights

  • Play with Kids (Inglewood)

    Needs a location

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why isn't the address posted? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ Location: If anyone wants a general idea of where this event occurs, it's in Inglewood, near La Brea Ave and Florence Ave. To get the actual address, register with L.A. Works. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is through L.A. Works and Midnight Mission. https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C1N00000GHRJ3UAP https://www.midnightmission.org/our-services/homelight "The HomeLight Family Living Program consists of 11 renovated, fully furnished apartments." "HomeLight provides more than just a safe residence for families shattered by abuse, addiction, poverty and hopelessness. It provides a comprehensive path to becoming healthy, happy and self-sufficient." "Victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and those dealing with issues of sobriety and other unthinkable circumstances can find solace in knowing that HomeLight is a safe place where families can recuperate and be restored to a self-sufficient life." ____________________ To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please check the L.A. Works site to confirm they are actually having an event on this date. Regardless of what is posted on here, check their site in case there isn't an event on this date (holiday, inclement weather, project leader is busy/sick, etc.). Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Each person should also register with L.A. Works. https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C1N00000GHRJ3UAP ____________________ This event is with L.A. Works: "The children at Midnight Mission’s Homelight Family Living Program look forward to every Tuesday night when L.A. Works volunteers spend time with them playing games, doing arts and crafts projects (from Play-Doh to rockets), reading books, and just having fun while their parents attend classes and counseling sessions." "The seemingly simple act of interacting with the children is a highlight of their day and can be of yours too!" These videos show what this event is about - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLZRN7gfPJo https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/03/01/volunteer-week-midnight-mission https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iP2aL5JoAA ____________________ Even though this is posted here, it's possible this event may be canceled / rescheduled, or they may have enough volunteers. So if anyone wants to participate, it's important to register with L.A. Works. Sign up at https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C1N00000GHRJ3UAP Scroll down for the corresponding date and in the right column is a plus sign. Click on + to expand the box and click on "Sign Up" If this date is full, try signing up for a future date. ____________________ Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.738195082957204 ____________________ Volunteers aren't expected to bring anything. There's a playground and basketball court. Ed, the project leader, provides toys, games, sporting equipment, and other items to play with. ____________________ After registering with L.A. Works, they will provide the address and other instructions/directions. The "apartment building (does not say HFL;­ this is a confidential location) [is] on north side of street with big black covered fence behind small trees." Street parking (residential neighborhood) should be available. Check street signs for any restrictions. After parking, "walk up to the driveway gate, on the left hand side is an intercom; press the buzzer; say "Hello" and/or "Front Gate"." The apartment building looks like: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/photos/502526/454990884 Push the intercom call button and someone should open the gate for you. Ask for Ed, the project leader. He's friendly and will help you get started. Here's a cool video about Ed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jfcaouJltc

  • Food for the Homeless (Encino)

    St Nicholas Episcopal Church

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Pastor April and her group, New Friends Homeless Center. http://www.newfriendshomelesscenter.org - "Over 500 hot meals are served on..." Tuesday nights 5:45 - 8:30 pm @ Encino Friday nights 5:45 - 8:30 pm @ Woodland Hills Sunday afternoons 1:45 - 4:30 pm @ Encino - "The guests include homeless veterans, senior citizens, those who are disabled, those with special needs, low income guests and often their pets." "At each dinner, guests also enjoy live entertainment which includes a variety of talented performers, singers, dancers and comedians who volunteer their time to be a part of what New Friends is doing." "After dinner there is distribution of hygiene kits, pet food, clothes, blankets, tents and other needs as the guests leave for the night to head back to the streets." http://www.newfriendshomelesscenter.org/about-us ____________________ Volunteers help with setup (tables, chairs, etc.), serving food & drinks, and cleanup (tables, chairs, sometimes help clean pots, pans, etc). Some of you might have helped at other events where volunteers serve food by scooping food onto a plate and recipients go through a line to get food. Well, this event is different. When the guests arrive, they are seated and volunteers go around, serving the people. It's kind of like being a waiter/waitress. My impression is Pastor April wants people to be treated with honor and respect, and welcomed into one's own home as guests, so serving them in this manner reflects that sentiment. I don't know if everybody would enjoy this, but if anyone is curious or interested, I suggest checking out their photos to get a better idea of their meal service. However, if you see photos of volunteers helping in the kitchen (i.e. food prep or cooking), those are dedicated, regular volunteers who arrive early to help. I could be wrong. My guess is new volunteers don't help in the kitchen. The photos of volunteers in the dining room reflect what new volunteers help with. ____________________ Photos: https://www.instagram.com/newfriendshomelesscntr https://www.facebook.com/pg/Newfriendshomelesscenter/photos Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBTe2eNbmCc ____________________ Photos from... Friday night in Woodland Hills - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855605231216178 Sunday afternoon in Encino - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855613957881972 Tuesday night in Encino - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855670004543034 ____________________ To help, contact Pastor April via [masked] or [masked] - She wants volunteers to sign up directly with her. She might ask new volunteers where you heard about New Friends Homeless Center, feel free to tell her from an Asian guy name Wes (there is another Wes, so she might not remember me). I should have just told her my real name (Wiseman), but I drank Starbucks earlier, so I gave her my Starbucks name. Anyhow, Pastor April welcomes new volunteers. Totally understandable sometimes people get busy, stuck at work/in traffic, feel tired/sick, make other plans, etc. I know it's easy to RSVP on Meetup and not actually attend. Some people can be flakes/ghosts, but if anyone signs up with Pastor April, but can no longer help anymore, please contact her so they aren't short-handed and low on volunteers, and they have room for someone else to help. Thank you. - Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up with Pastor April is necessary. Signing up with her helps them avoid having "too many" volunteers and she can update you in case anything changes. After registering with her, she can provide more info/details (when to arrive, where to park, what to help with, where to meet, etc.). ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: New Friends Homeless Center ____________________ St Nicholas Episcopal Church is across the street from Chase bank. https://goo.gl/maps/KjnVnfLZwoE2 Park in any spot that doesn't have a sign that says reserved. Walk past the main edifice on the west side. Walk past the black gate and go to the room on the right side. Ask for Pastor April and she should have a waiver form and name tag for you to fill out. She has done this meal service for years, so she has a structured routine and system. As long as you follow her instructions / directions, everything should go well. Thanks for helping. Have fun. Oh, btw, some other volunteers might be Christian and they might pray before the meal, but the event / meal service is inclusive. They told me being Christian / religious is not required. They welcome anyone/everyone who wants to help.

  • Write Letters to Cancer Patients [Flexible Date, Time, & Location]

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ Hi. Meetup.com used to offer members & organizers the ability to post ideas and suggestions for meetup events. This is posted as an idea/suggestion for the group. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ These videos explain what this is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tun8xulLqsk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuEcGHywXV0 - FAQ Q: Where is the meeting location? A: Well, this is something you can do wherever you want, so it's your choice (home, work, coffee shop, library, a waiting room somewhere, by yourself, with family & friends, etc.). If anyone wants to plan a get-together with other members from this group, feel free to suggest a date, time, and location in the comments section or message me directly and I'll add it to the group calendar. - Q: Where should letters be sent? A: Girls Love Mail 193 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 120 Folsom, CA 95630 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from Girls Love Mail. http://www.girlslovemail.com Some events in this group might be far or not fit your schedule, so this is something you can do wherever and whenever you want, at your convenience. This idea is posted once a month (Monday night), but you can choose another day/time. If any group members want to do this together, post in the comments section or email me with a date, time, location, etc... Maybe bring some paper, pens, blank cards, and other supplies, and meet at a public place (e.g. coffee shop, restaurant, library, etc.). This also can be done on your own, by yourself. If you have extra time during a lunch break, or when sitting in the waiting room for a doctor, dentist, DMV, or car repair/maintenance, oil change, etc., maybe bring some supplies and a clipboard and write a letter in 10 minutes or so. If your commute home after work is bad, and you don't want to be stuck in traffic, maybe find a nearby coffee shop or bar/restaurant, and write a letter/card while traffic subsides. Everybody is busy and writing cards/letters for our family & friends can be time-consuming and challenging. Totally understandable giving up one's own time and doing this for a stranger might not appeal to everyone. But for anyone who wants to show support and convey encouragement to someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer, surely that person will be touched and moved by the kindness of a stranger. ____________________ "A hand-written letter has the special power to heal. Girls Love Mail collects your hand-written letters of encouragement, bundles them, and sends them, via the caring staff at cancer centers, to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Every letter is a gift from you to a woman going through a difficult time." "Anyone can write a letter! All it takes is a little of your time and the cost of a postage stamp to help a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer." ____________________ Your time is valuable and I don't want anyone to invest time in writing a letter that later is unacceptable and rejected. They have some guidelines, preferences, and requests regarding letters. Sorry, the following is long and detailed, but is intended to provide guidance and avoid any problems. It's your choice to read it or not. Thank you. ____________________ The following is their FAQ from http://www.girlslovemail.com/faqs - Q: Do I need to hand-write my letter? A: Yes. Remember, you’re doing more than writing a letter, you’re sending a hand-made gift. - Q: How do I begin/end my letter? A: The best way to start your letter is with “Dear Friend” or “Dear Sister.” We encourage you to sign your first name and last initial (Gina M.). For safety, children should NOT include their last name. - Q: What should I write about? A: We encourage you to share your experiences and tell the reader you are thinking of them. Some people share inspirational quotes, things that make them laugh, words of sympathy, or simply what’s going on in their own lives that day. Often it’s not what you said that mattered so much as that you cared enough to say it. - Q: Should I date my letter? A: Please do NOT date your letters or reference any holidays. It may be 6-8 weeks before your letter is handed to a recipient. Avoiding dates and holiday references ensures your letter will still be “fresh” when it arrives. - Q: Is it okay to mention prayer or religion? A: The goal is to help every recipient regardless of race, religion, age, type of treatment, or cancer stage. For this reason, we are unable to hand out letters that contain religious references and other wording that would not be universally welcome. - Q: Should I mention someone who has passed away? A: This one is a little tricky. We want you to share your personal experiences, but it’s hard for someone newly diagnosed to hear about others who have died from cancer or other diseases. You can certainly mention your loved ones without necessarily sharing the outcome. For example, “My grandmother fought breast cancer and she liked to wear a different wig every day.” - Q: Can I write a letter even if I’ve never had cancer? A: Yes. Anyone with a story to share or desire to encourage a woman can write a letter. You don’t have to be a breast cancer survivor to write a letter. We encourage children to include their age or grade level in their letters. - Q: Can I write the same letter many times? A: We ask that you write no more than 5 of the exact same letter. This helps us ensure each cancer center will receive a unique letter for each woman they serve. You can definitely use the same sentiment and style, but please limit identical letters. - Q: Can I write in another language? A: Yes! We especially need letters in Spanish! - Q: Can I include stickers, crafts, etc? A: Unfortunately even small crafts or inserts make closing our envelope very difficult. We ask that you refrain from including extra materials with your letters. - Q: Is a child’s drawing considered a letter? A: Drawings from young children are always welcome. To make them even more special please write the child’s first name and age on the drawing. - Q: Do I need special stationery or envelopes? A: Feel free to use any note card, stationery, postcard, or other paper of your choosing that fits or folds into our GLM program envelopes (4.75” x 6.5”) for bundled delivery to each participating center. Because we use our own envelopes you are welcome to keep any envelopes that may have come with your stationery. - Q: Can I mail multiple letters in one envelope? A: Yes, you can definitely send as many letters in one package as you’d like. We don’t need the original envelopes that may have come with your stationery since we place every letter in a special GLM envelope. - Q: Where do I send my letters? Do you need a return address? A: Girls Love Mail 193 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 120 Folsom, CA 95630 Please include your full name and return address on the mailing envelope. If we don’t have your email address, you can send it to us using the Join Us form or include your email with your letters. We send thank you emails to let you know we received your letters, and can only do that if we have your email address and know who the letter is from. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Girls Love Mail ____________________ Guidelines, Tips, and Samples: http://www.girlslovemail.com/what-to-say http://www.girlslovemail.com/what-to-say/writing-tips http://www.girlslovemail.com/what-to-say/sample-letters ____________________ If anyone is interested and available for a long-term commitment with someone undergoing chemo therapy, another group is looking for "Card Angels" http://chemoangels.wixsite.com/chemo-angels-1 http://chemoangels.wixsite.com/chemo-angels-1/angel-pre-app ____________________ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNMKzZHX-J8 If anyone has long hair and is willing to cut and donate some hair; kids and adults could benefit from wigs. Chai Lifetime - http://www.chailifeline.org/program/hair Children With Hair Loss - http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/donate/donate-your-hair Locks of Love - http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved Pantene Beautiful Lengths - http://pantene.com/en-us/experience-main-section2/beautiful-lengths Wigs 4 Kids - http://www.wigs4kids.org/donate-hair.html Wigs for Kids - http://www.wigsforkids.org/donate-a-ponytail

  • Food for the Homeless (Downtown LA)

    Share A Meal (Mondays @ DTLA, near Little Tokyo)

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Share A Meal and hosted by Jacquie and her husband, Ravi. https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 https://www.shareameal.net/about __________________ MANY regular/returning and new volunteers help them each week, but I still want to post their meal service so more people can learn about them and participate. Even if nobody else from this meetup group signs up, they probably will be crowded with others, so please keep that in mind if you decide to go. If several people show up, they try to get everyone involved, but some waiting/standing might occur. If possible, please try not to get mad/angry. Hopefully you can meet some nice and friendly people, and talk while waiting for the burritos to finish. ____________________ The founders of Share A Meal are awesome. I'm in awe and admiration of Jacquie & Ravi. Jacquie - https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 - The following videos show what they're about: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-sikh-tradition-inspired-program-gives-1-000-burritos-homeless-n911501 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NcPOxBK3w https://vimeo.com/140434015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30GFqtgNLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ucBoHxDNo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KdD8L5rKbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9hga3X1lwA ____________________ Five nights a week, they give out vegetarian burritos and water to people at different locations. Monday @ DTLA near Little Tokyo Tuesday @ Hollywood Wednesday @ DTLA near USC Thursday @ Venice Friday @ DTLA near Olvera St, Union Station, & Chinatown ____________________ All ingredients for the vegetarian burritos are provided by Share A Meal. Volunteers don't bring any food, but they appreciate donations of bottled water. A few volunteers help inside the food truck and "roll" the burritos. Once all the burritos are finished and warmed up, they go out to distribute. ____________________ If 6:45pm is tough due to work or traffic, arriving later is fine. Making the burritos is limited to a few people because space inside the food truck is limited. For passing out the food and water, more people can be accommodated and everyone can get involved. Note: You all know about traffic. The food truck usually arrives around 6:45pm, but if traffic is bad, they might be a little late. If anyone arrives and they aren't there yet, try waiting a few minutes. The food truck normally arrives by 7:00pm. Thank you for being patient. ____________________ FAQ Q: Is this safe for women? A: Answering "Yes" or "No" is not up to me. It's up to you to decide. I sympathize if anyone feels anxious, afraid, and hesitant. For this, they go out in groups and nobody should be alone. Many homeless individuals are friendly, grateful, gracious, and appreciative of the food & water. And believe it or not, sometimes more women volunteer than men. Their photos are a good indication of who and how many people participate: https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos Some people might feel uncomfortable going out on the streets at night and interacting with homeless individuals. Distributing is completely voluntary and optional, so please don't feel obligated or pressured. If anyone feels scared or reluctant, feel free to stop and leave at anytime (if it's safe to do so). ____________________ Photos: Monday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987525381357505 Tuesday @ Hollywood - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987528048023905 Thursday @ Venice - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.992192930890750 Friday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.996583523785024 https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos ____________________ Jacquie and her husband, Ravi, host this event. One of them is always there. Jacquie might not always check messages/comments via Meetup https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 So if anyone wants to help, go to https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights Scroll down and register on their site. Enter your name and email address and click on "Register" - You can also fill out their registration form via http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf and email it back to Jacquie via [masked] She can be busy, so if she doesn't respond, check their FB for updates - https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal ____________________ If anybody arrives early, the food truck should eventually show up by 7:00pm. Traffic may cause them to be late. Wearing comfortable clothes & shoes is recommended. Maybe bring a sweater/jacket if it gets cold at night. Children can participate with parent supervision/approval. A liability release waiver form needs to be submitted upon arrival. http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf All ingredients for making the burritos are supplied by them (food truck). If anyone wants to contribute, they appreciate donations of bottled water. If parking on a street, please check posted signs/meters. Public bathrooms may not always be readily available or accessible, so using a restroom before arriving is recommended. ____________________ On Monday nights, they meet near 401 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, 90013. Nearby is San Pedro St and Little Tokyo. If you see a Korean church called The Union Church of Los Angeles, then that's the right area. https://goo.gl/maps/Hcr2BAEtuQ72 The food truck usually parks near that church on 3rd St, near San Pedro St. Street parking (meters) on 3rd St is usually available. I think it costs around 50 cents or $1 an hour. After the burritos are finished, they walk around to pass out food and water. ____________________ If anyone wants to help on a different weeknight, refer to: https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights

  • Food for the Homeless (Westchester & Venice)

    Holy Nativity Episcopal Church

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. They do a meal service nearly every Sunday, except on major holiday weekends. It's also possible one of the main guys gets sick/busy, the venue is unavailable, lack of food donations, or another reason causes this event to be canceled / rescheduled, so regardless of what is shown on here, please contact them to confirm it's happening on this date. ____________________ Thanks to Jet for sharing about this. I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from another group, Feed the People. http://www.feedthepeoplela.org http://occupyvenice.net/peoples-potluck-every-sunday Nearly every Sunday, they prepare food for people in Venice (usually those living on the streets or at the boardwalk). ____________________ All food/ingredients are provided by them. No need to bring anything. Cutting boards and knives are also available in the kitchen to use. The main chef is Eleu. The main driver/distributor is Tudor (aka Vlad). They are both friendly and welcoming of new volunteers. This is what they both look like: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/photos/29601780/477840902 ____________________ So approximately between 4:30 - 6:30 pm (earlier or later, depending on how much food there is to cut/prepare), volunteers are needed to help with food prep (e.g. chop veggies and fruit). Sometimes Eleu might need help in the kitchen with cooking, but majority of volunteers are needed to cut veggies. For those who have time to stay, help is also needed with cleanup and putting the cooked food into to-go containers (similar to Chinese food take-out boxes). Depending on when the food is finished cooking and ready to be distributed (maybe around 7:00 or 7:30pm), Vlad (aka Tudor) drives to Venice and passes out to people on sidewalks (near Rose Ave and 3rd Ave & Hampton Dr.). Then he goes give out food on the boardwalk. Every week can vary with start/end time, but the food distribution can occur around 8:00 - 10:00 pm. When I went, some people asked for water and socks, so if anyone is able to pass out, consider bringing bottled water if you're able and willing to donate a case of bottled water...and maybe bring a sturdy bag or backpack to help carry some bottles of water for easier distributing. ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please contact Eleu (the project leader and main cook) or Vlad (the other leader and main distributor) to confirm they are actually having a meal service on this Sunday. It's possible they might cancel/reschedule on this date (e.g. holiday, weather, lack of food donations, the primary cook is busy/sick, etc.)...so please confirm with them the date and time. Call or text [masked] or [masked] or message them on FB https://www.facebook.com/ftp.venice or https://www.facebook.com/OccupyVeniceCA - The time posted here is 4:30 - 6:30 pm, but it's flexible. You can arrive whenever you want (4:45, 5:00, etc.) and leave whenever you want (5:30, 5:45, 6:00, etc). btw, for GPS or navigation apps, try either Westchester or Los Angeles for the city. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1870917339684967 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855661037877264 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1166554736787901 Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB88uJqym4g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqBdO3Ri0bU ____________________ The kitchen they meet at is next to the main church building. The address is on 83rd St, but the kitchen is near Dunbarton Ave. So on the side of the church building, you should see a garden. https://goo.gl/maps/3rs15d9JeGS2 Street parking in this residential area should be free (check signs to confirm). Look for a red-brick building next to the church and garden. Walk along the driveway and look for some double doors. They meet inside there. Some of the regular volunteers should smile when they see new volunteers, and they'll help you get started with what to help with. ____________________

  • Food for the Community & Homeless (Hollywood)

    The Salvation Army - The Way In Youth Center

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from Hollywood Food Coalition (formerly known as Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition or GWHFC). https://hofoco.org/volunteer http://gwhfc.org They serve "a hot, fresh, and nutritious meal every night to the homeless and hungry." Their video shows what they are about: https://www.facebook.com/HoFoCo/videos/374142323158882 ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted on some weekends. I picked some random Saturdays and Sundays, but their meal service occurs everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas). If anyone wants to help on a different day than what is posted here, feel free to do so. And if anyone wants me to add another date to the group calendar, just lmk and maybe others can join you. ____________________ The following are informative and worth reading: https://hofoco.org/volunteer https://hofoco.org/faqs - Two ways to help (your choice) (1) Meal Prep - 2:30pm - 6:00pm and/or (2) Meal Service & Cleanup - 5:45pm - 8:30pm - Meal prep involves tasks like food prep, making salads, making sandwiches, sorting food donations, preparing the actual food, etc. Most of the regular/experienced volunteers help with cooking, but maybe they might allow new volunteers to help, depending on the lead chef. - Meal service involves serving the food to the guests. On weekdays, they serve the food inside at the same location/venue, but on weekends, they go serve directly to people living on the streets. After all the food is served, they return to the kitchen and wash/clean. ____________________ To help, register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044cadab2ba5f85-volunteer - Pick a date, time, and service you want to help with (Meal Preparation or Meal Service). Check the box next to "Sign up" On the bottom of the page, click "Submit and Sign Up" - Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up with them is necessary. Signing up with them helps them avoid having "too many" volunteers and they can update you in case anything changes. After registering with them, they can provide more info/details (when to arrive, where to park, what to help with, where to meet, etc.). https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044cadab2ba5f85-volunteer ____________________ They sometimes have extra people who show up and not enough work/tasks for everyone, so thank you for being open-minded and understanding with whatever happens. Generally, they try to get everyone involved. ____________________ Helping with food prep doesn't require advanced culinary skills. They have simple tasks like chopping veggies & fruit, making a salad or sandwiches, cleaning pots & pans, etc. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1097319050378137 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.812457822197596 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.810574372385941 https://www.facebook.com/pg/HoFoCo/photos - Videos: https://www.facebook.com/HoFoCo/videos/374142323158882 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZOFIeiYKwA ____________________ If helping with meal prep at 2:30pm, go to The Salvation Army - Weingart Youth Center, 5939 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028 (between Gower and Bronson). The parking lot might be restricted. Try street parking on Hollywood Blvd, Bronson Ave, Gower St, or in the back, Carlos Ave. Please check signs/meters wherever you park. After parking, look for a glass door with a blue frame (Salvation Army): https://goo.gl/maps/B3fka7XCgMz Knock or ring the buzzer, and a staff member should let you in. After entering, turn left and go through a hallway/door, and the kitchen should appear. Ask for the lead cook. S/he can help you get started. ____________________ If helping with meal service on Saturday or Sunday at 5:45pm, go to the intersection of Romaine St and Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, 90038. It's near Hollywood & West Hollywood. If they finish cooking late, the van/truck might arrive around 6:00 - 6:15 pm, so thank you for your patience. If your GPS or navigation app/map needs an actual address, try 948 N. Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, 90038. Cross streets are Santa Monica Blvd and La Brea Ave. The corner of Romaine & Sycamore might still be under construction, so try looking for them a little east on Romaine St or on Sycamore Ave. toward Willoughby Ave. https://goo.gl/maps/zeVi5SVgqZ12 Look for people standing on the sidewalk and the truck/van should arrive in that area. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Food Forward and Hollywood Food Coalition

  • Food for the Homeless (Silverlake)

    1069 Sanborn Ave

    Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ ***** Attention ***** Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a special permit. Parking enforcement gave me a ticket for $68. Ouch! I don't want anyone to get a ticket, so please check signs wherever you park. Charles/Chuck from Food Not Bombs says parking might be available on Sanborn, north of Sunset Blvd, or look for meters on Sunset Blvd or near Santa Monica Blvd. ____________________ Meetup allows members to host events. This event is hosted by Charles - https://www.meetup.com/members/184113404 - Their video shows what this event is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 Our Meetup group gets a shout-out at the end of the video. :) ____________________ To help me save time, this is automatically posted every Sunday. They usually prepare a meal every Sunday, but it's possible they might miss a Sunday once in a while (holiday, inclement weather, project leader is busy/sick, lack of food donations, etc.), so check their Facebook page for updates or message Charles to confirm they're meeting on this date. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 Charles might not see comments posted here or Meetup messages, so contact him via [masked] [masked] ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from the LA chapter of Food Not Bombs. http://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132 http://foodnotbombs.net/new_site/faq.php Nearly every Sunday, they serve a nutritious (vegetarian) meal in downtown LA. - Volunteers meet at a house in Silverlake between 2:30 - 5:30 pm and help chop veggies. (They used to start around 3pm, but Charles said they start earlier around 2:30 pm now). Through donations from farmers markets, they turn fresh veggies into a healthy meal for some homeless people. This event is flexible, so you can arrive whenever you want (anytime after 2:30 pm). Stay for however long you want to chop vegetables. Leave whenever you want. It's your choice. Most volunteers help chop veggies & fruit. They usually have regular/experienced people who cook the food (soups, stew, rice, etc). If anyone wants to help serve the meal, meet at the house around 6:00 pm to carpool/caravan with them, or meet them separately at Pershing Square around 6:20 - 6:45 pm, depending on when they finish cooking. ____________________ Street parking on Sanborn Ave (south of Sunset Blvd) requires a permit, so try meters on Sunset Blvd or Santa Monica Blvd. Parking on Sanborn Ave (north of Sunset Blvd) might not require a special permit, but wherever you park, please check signs/meters. Thank you. The house looks like: https://goo.gl/maps/ZWZ5C6UtjY72 The front door might be locked and they could be in the back and not hear the doorbell. So walk down the driveway, along the side of the house to the backyard. That's where they meet. - Cutting boards, knives, etc. are provided. All the food is donated, so volunteers aren't required to bring anything. Wearing casual clothes and comfortable shoes is recommended. Children can help with parent/guardian supervision. Chopping veggies involves using a knife, so please be judicious if allowing your child(ren) to participate. Helping serve food at Pershing Square is something kids can assist with. Helping with the meal service is optional. Some volunteers just help chop veggies & fruit. If anyone is new and wants to help serve, try carpooling with one of the regular volunteers to avoid getting lost at Pershing Square. - If new, these show what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Xv8Zq5e_4 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769166566526722 ____________________ The food is served in downtown LA at Pershing Square. A security guard is usually in the area. Most people who regularly eat there are friendly. They patiently wait in line and the meal service is orderly. This part of downtown is less intense compared to Skid Row, so hopefully everybody feels comfortable. However, if anyone doesn't feel safe, totally fine, feel free to leave at anytime. This is completely optional and voluntary. They arrive at Pershing Square around 6:15 - 6:45pm (depending on when they finish cooking). It's near W 6th St and S Olive St. For GPS, try 532 S Olive St, LA, 90013 They usually park at the loading/drop off zone on 6th Street, near Olive St. Look for a parking sign near 6th St & Olive St: The loading/drop off zone is street level (not underground). Look for: https://goo.gl/maps/pkZ9BW65LEC2 They usually park between the purple and yellow walls. https://goo.gl/maps/k8Y14gjn3aS2 ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1166538193456222 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.868702549906456 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.769166566526722 https://www.facebook.com/Los-Angeles-Food-Not-Bombs-166038953457132/photos ____________________ http://intersectionssouthla.org/story/food_not_bombs_takes_alternative_approach_in_feeding_homeless http://www.passionimpact.org/tag/los-angeles http://designobserver.com/feature/food-not-bombs/15528 http://network.artcenter.edu/gallery/1598451/Answering-Adversity-Food-Not-Bombs-NPO ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Food Not Bombs